Tight Hamstrings?

Most of us think we have tight hamstrings. 
But here is a little something about a hamstring stretch.   We sort of have a tendency to accidentally cheat and stretch our back in addition to our hamstrings. And sometimes we are even stretching the back and barely getting to the hamstrings.  If you have long arms or a long torso it’s a little easier to get to your toes.  If you have long legs and shorter arms it’s going to be harder.  So the reach to the toes, while an easy standard, can be a bit deceptive.  If I only stretch my hamstrings as far as they can go without curling forward in my back, I can’t touch my toes.
Tight Hamstrings?2017-10-25T15:49:54-04:00

Poor Hamstrings

Hamstrings always get the shaft. It is so much easier to work the quads than the hamstrings. You can do squats almost anywhere. Heck, if you hold in a squat position for 30 seconds your quads will probably start to feel the burn, but hamstrings curls are a little harder. You need some kind of resistance besides your own body weight for hamstring work.

With the shoulder bridge all you need is your body weight to access the hamstrings, but you have to be lying down. You can’t do the exercise while pumping gas, whereas squats you can do anywhere at least somewhat innocuously.

Lunges work the hamstrings, but also the quads.

I’m just feeling a little bad for my hamstrings today. I know they need a little more attention, and I wish giving them that attention was as easy at doing heel raises to strengthen my calves. So for the moment, I’m just sitting at my desk isometrically squeezing the heck out of my poor little hamstrings so that they don’t start to think that […]

Poor Hamstrings2017-09-12T19:31:57-04:00